FLORIDA PEACE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION
PISTOL RULES and REGULATIONS
Official Rules and Regulations to govern the conduct of all
Conventional Pistol Competition, Including both Bullseye and
FLORIDA PEACE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION
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Original Material Completed July 10, 1994
The Florida Peace Officers Association would like to offer our sincere appreciation to the
NRA and Mr. David Luke for their guidance and assistance in developing the original rule
New Rules Adopted and Approved by the FPOA Board of Directors and the FPOA Committee
on Pistol Match Rules February 2011
Our sincere thanks to Mr. Herb Zucker, Director of FPOA District 4 for his tireless efforts
in reviewing the original rule book and including new rules recommended from 2005 to
2010 by the Pistol Committee and approved by the FPOA Board of Directors
NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION GUN SAFETY RULES
The fundamental rules for safe gun handling are:
Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
When using or storing a gun, always follow these NRA rules:
Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
Know how to safely use the gun.
Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
Know your target and what is beyond.
Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
Keep pistols cased, holstered or boxed until at the firing line.
Follow commands from the Range Officer.
Read: Actions Open 9.1
Pistols Unloaded 9.2
Loaded Pistols 9.3
Cease Firing 9.4 and 18.10
Read: Sec. 9 Competition Regulations and Range Operations
Sec. 10 Range Control
Sec. 11 Match Officials
FLORIDA PEACE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION PISTOL RULES
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgements Page 2
NRA Gun Safety Rules Page 3
Table of Contents Page 4
RULES FOR BULLSEYE MATCHES Pages 5 to 25
SEC. 1. FPOA Competition
SEC. 2. Eligibility of Competitors
SEC. 3. Equipment and Ammunition
SEC. 4. Targets
SEC. 5. Position
SEC. 6. Range Standards
SEC. 7. Courses of Fire
SEC. 8. Time Limits
SEC. 9. Competitions Regulations and Range Operation
SEC. 10. Range Control and Commands
SEC. 11. Match Officials
SEC. 12. Registration Office Operations
SEC. 13. Statistical Office Operations
SEC. 14. Scoring and Marking
SEC. 15. Decision of Ties
SEC. 16. Challenges and Protests
SEC. 17. Courses of Fire
SEC. 18. Competitor’s Duties and Responsibilities
SEC. 19. Pistol Classification
SEC. 20. Awards
SEC. 21. FPOA Competition Matches
(Page 25) Glossary
Rules for Combat Matches Page 26 to 29
I. Eligibility of Competitors
II. Equipment and Ammunition
III. Course of Fire
IV. Awards for State Matches
FLORIDA PEACE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION
OFFICIAL RULES FOR PISTOL MATCHES
These rules establish uniform standards for Florida Peace Officers’ Association sanctioned pistol competition. Where
alternatives are shown, the least restrictive conditions apply unless the match program sets forth limitations. They
supersede the April 30, 1990 and all earlier editions and remain in effect until specifically superseded.
Sponsoring District Directors may not alter these rules. If sponsoring District Directors require additional rules for special
conditions, the additions must be fully set forth in the program for the competition concerned.
The arrangement and rule numbering systems are such that corresponding rules for other types of Florida Peace
Officers’ Association competition are correspondingly located and numbered in the Rule Books for those competitions.
Anyone wishing to submit recommendations for rules changes may forward those recommendations to the Pistol
Committee in care of the Florida Peace Officers’ Association.
1. FPOA COMPETITION
1.0 FPOA COMPETITIONS - Competition which is authorized in advance of firing by the Florida Peace Officers’
Association. The program, range facilities and officials must comply with standards established by the Florida
Peace Officers’ Association.
1.1 SANCTIONED MATCH - A match covered by an Official Program. Such matches may be all individual matches, or
a combination of both which must be sponsored by an FPOA District Director.
1.2 AUTHORIZATION - Before being publicized in programs or otherwise, the sponsoring district of each competition
mentioned in Rule 1.6 shall have agreed to comply with the current regulations for such competition and shall have
received notice from the FPOA that the competition applied for has been authorized.
1.3 RULES - The sponsor for each type of competition must agree to conduct the authorized competition according to
1.4 GENERAL REGULATIONS - The sponsoring District Director of each competition must agree to comply with the
General Regulations published by the FPOA for the competition concerned.
1.5 REFUSAL OR WITHDRAWAL OF FPOA AUTHORIZATION - The FPOA may refuse to authorize or may withdraw
its authorization for any competition which does not comply with the requirements for that competition or other
reasons as deemed necessary by the Executive Board of Directors.
1.6 TYPES OF MATCHES - Approved matches shall be authorized by the FPOA after application has been filed by
the local FPOA District Director who will act as the sponsor/co-sponsor. Match sponsor(s) shall require all
competitors to be FPOA members as specified in the program.
(a) District Match - 90 round aggregate match consisting of 4 stages (slow fire, Florida Peace Officers Course,
time fire, and rapid fire).
(b) Annual State Match - 90 rounds consisting of 5 matches (slow fire, Florida Peace Officers Course, timed
fire, rapid fire, and aggregate match)
(c) Team Match (unfired - Annual State Match Only) A two person team match (competition) will be available to
competitors at the Annual State Match. Scores from the Florida Peace Officers’ Match (Match #2) will
determine the winner.
All firing members of the team must be named on the entry form before the first shot of the match by any
Any weapon used in team competition must conform to Rule 3.1 and 3.2.
Teams shooting in the Men’s Classification will consist of two-persons who EITHER live OR work in the
(d) Re-entry match - re-entry of matches will not be permitted. Only one entry, per person, per date will be
allowed in each match. (for team classification see 19.9)
ALL MATCH SPONSORS ARE URGED TO GIVE SPECIAL CONSIDERATION TO THE NEEDS OF NEWS MEDIA
PERSONNEL IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE MAXIMUM PUBLIC SAFETY FOR THE COMPETITION. PUBLIC NEWS
MEDIA PERSONNEL REPRESENTING PRINT AND/OR BROADCAST SHOULD BE GIVEN EVERY CONSIDERATION
AND COOPERATION IN KEEPING WITH THE PROPER CONDUCT OF THE COMPETITION.
2. ELIGIBILITY OF COMPETITORS
2.1 Members, Male or Female must be in good standing and fulfill all requirements of the FPOA Classification
2.1.1 ALL FPOA MATCHES ARE RESTRICTED TO MEMBERS ONLY.
3. EQUIPMENT AND AMMUNITION
This section defines authorized equipment. Where alternative types of equipment are shown, the least restrictive
conditions apply unless the match program sets forth limitation.
3.1 Any Center Fire Pistol or Revolver - Center-fire pistols (single shot or semi-automatic) or revolvers of .38
caliber or larger (including 9mm and .45 caliber pistols and revolvers); barrel length, including cylinder, not more
than 10 inches; trigger pull not less than 2 1/2 pounds, except .45 caliber semiautomatic pistols not less than 3
1/2 pounds. Sights may be adjustable but not over 10 inches apart measured from the apex of the rear sight to
the apex of the front sight. All standard safety features of the gun must operate properly. With the exception of
those sights which project an Image on the target, any sights including telescopic are permitted. Any sighting
device programmed to activate the firing mechanism is prohibited.
3.2 Twenty-Two Caliber Pistol or Revolver - Any pistol (single shot or semiautomatic) or revolver using a .22
caliber rim fire, cartridge having an over-all length of not more than 1.1 inches and with lead or alloy bullet no
greater than .23 inches in diameter and weighing not more than 40 grains, barrell length, including cylinder, not
more than 10 inches; sights may be adjustable but not over ten inches apart measured from the apex of the rear
sight to the apex of the front sight. Trigger pull not less than 2 pounds. All standard safety features of the gun
must operate properly. With the exception of those sights which project an image on the target, any sights
including telescopic are permitted. Any sighting device programmed to activate the firing mechanism is
3.3 Use of Authorized Equipment -
(a) The .22 Caliber Pistol as described in Rule 3.2 may be used in the male or female competition.
(b) The Center Fire Pistol as described in Rule 3.1 may be used in the male or female competition.
3.4 Spotting Scopes - The use of the telescope to spot fired shots is permitted.
3.5 Shooting Kits - The shooting kit may be taken to the firing point when it is of such size and construction
as to not interfere with shooters on adjacent firing points.
3.6 Deflecting Screens - Shooters may use a screen fastened to their shooting kit, or similarly placed, to
deflect empty cases, provided the screen is made of material such as “Hardware Cloth”, with wires not
larger than 1/16 inch in diameter and spaced not closer the 1/4 inch. Screens of solid material may not be used.
3.7 Release Triggers - Triggers which function on release are prohibited.
3.8 Ammunition - Any Ammunition of any description that may be fired without danger to competitors, range
personnel or equipment. Tracer, incendiary, armor piercing and similar ammunition is prohibited.
3.9 General - All devices or equipment which may facilitate shooting and which are not mentioned in these rules, or
which are contrary to the spirit of these rules and regulations, are forbidden. The Match Director, or his designee
Jury Chairman, and Chief Range officer shall have the right to examine a shooter's equipment and apparel. The
responsibility shall be upon the competitor to submit questionable equipment and apparel for official inspection
and approval in sufficient time prior to the beginning of a match so that it will not inconvenience either the
competitor or the official.
EQUIPMENT AND AMMUNITION (continued)
3.10 Eye Protection - All competitors and other personnel in the immediate vicinity of the range complex shall wear
eye protection devices.
3.11 Ear Protection - All competitors and other personnel in the immediate vicinity of the range complex shall wear
hearing protection devices of the sound reducing type. Radios, tape recorders or any type sound producing or
communication system is prohibited forward of the ready line after the preparation period has started.
4.1 Official Target - 25 yard standard target - 9,10, and X ring black.
B - 8 target
B - 8 (c) - Repair Center
Positions - The positions for use in a match shall be in accord with the definitions of positions prescribed in this section.
5.1 The Ground - All references to “the ground” in the following position rules are to be constructed as applying to
the surface of the firing point floor.
5.2 Artificial Support - Artificial support is defined as follows:
(a) Any supporting surface, except the ground, not specifically authorized for use in the rules for the position
(b) Any garment which can be interpreted as providing artificial support.
(c) Any glove on the shooting hand.
(d) Any band on the shooting arm (includes wrist watches).
Use of artificial support is prohibited except as individually authorized for a physically handicapped shooter.
(See Rule 5.4
5.3 Ready Pistol Position - The gun held in a safe forward position with the trigger finger outside the trigger guard.
5.4 Physically Handicapped Shooters - A shooter who because of a physical handicap cannot fire from one or
more of the prescribed shooting positions outlined in these rules, or who must use special equipment when firing
is privileged to petition the FPOA for permission to assume a special position or to use modified equipment, or
both. This petition will be in the form of a written request from the person concerned to the FPOA outlining in
detail the reasons why the special position must be assumed or the special equipment must be used.
The petition will be accompanied by pictures of the shooter in the position he desires approved and,
if special equipment is required, the picture will show how this equipment is used. The petition and
all pictures must be furnished in exact duplicate. The petition must be accompanied by a medical
doctor’s statement if the physical handicap is not completely evident in the picture submitted.
(a) Each petition and accompanying documentation will be reviewed for completeness by the FPOA Executive
Director and forwarded to the Chairman of the Pistol Committee for approval or denial. The Pistol
Committee Chairman may require additional or supplementary statements or pictures. If approved, the
chairman of the Pistol Committee will request the Executive Director issue a special authorization certificate
to individuals who submit petitions and pictures which have been approved. Such certificates will have
necessary pictures attached.
(b) Shooters who have received special authorization certificates will be required to carry them when competing
in competition governed by FPOA rules, and to present the certificate when requested by officials of the
(c) Two types of authorization are issued; Temporary and Permanent. Permanent authorization is issued to
competitors who are permanently handicapped.
5.5 Firing Position - Standing, gun held in one hand only, the other hand being used in no way to support the gun;
all portions of the shooter’s clothing, body and gun clear of artificial support. Competitors will take their position
at their numbered firing point in such manner as not to interfere with competitors on either side. No portion of
the shooter’s body may rest upon or touch the ground in advance of the fire line.
6. RANGE STANDARDS
6.1 Firing Line - The firing line is immediately in front of the several firing points. All ranges are measured from this
firing line to the face of the targets when targets are hung in their proper firing position.
6.2 Firing Point - That part of the range provided for the competitor immediately in the rear of the firing line from
which firing takes place. Each firing point should be numbered to correspond with the target frames. Each firing
point should have a minimum width of 4 feet.
6.3 Shelter - The firing point of outdoor ranges may be covered and enclose on four sides, but there shall be an
opening toward the targets for each competitor measuring no less than six square feet. There must be ample
room for Range Officers to move freely to the rear of the shooters. This does not preclude the construction of
ranges within areas surrounded or partially surrounded by safety walls.
6.4 Distance - Outdoor distance are 15 and 25 yards from firing line to target.
6.5 Illumination - Artificial illumination of ranges is authorized.
6.6 Target Numbers - Target frames should be numbered on alternating background of contrasting color. The
numbers will be large enough to be identified under ordinary light conditions. Numbers must correspond with the
firing point numbers. Target numbers will be fixed in position so as to remain visible when the targets are
exposed and when concealed.
6.7 Types of Target Frames - Outdoor Type (15 and 25) - fixed frames may be used. However, frames which rotate on
a vertical or horizontal axis are preferred. Annual State Match requires rotating target frames.
7. COURSES OF FIRE
(Time per 10)
TYPE FIRE RANGE SHOT STRING SHOTS TARGET
Slow 25 yards 5 min. 10 B - 8 (c)
(Time per 5)
TYPE FIRE RANGE SHOT STRING SHOTS TARGET
Timed 15 yards 20 seconds 5 B - 8 (c)
Rapid 15 yards 10 seconds 5 B - 8 (c)
8. TIME LIMITS
8.1 Computing Time - When rotating targets are used time is taken for the period during which the target is fully
exposed. Time is not checked on each individual shot but is computed on the indicated allowance for each five-shot
string depending on the type of fire being conducted, except slow fire may be fired in 10-shot strings. The signal to
commence firing may be given orally, by whistle or by having the targets turn.
8.2 Time Allowances – (See Section 7)
8.3 Passage of Time - Range Officers will not voluntarily warn competitors of the passage of time. Competitors and
Team Captains in team matches, may inquire of Range Officers as to the time remaining before expiration of the
time limit. The request for time and the response shall be given in a tone which will not disturb other competitors.
9. COMPETITION REGULATIONS AND RANGE OPERATION
9.1 Action Open - Unless Pistols are holstered or cased, cylinders must be open or slides back and the magazine
removed at all times until the competitor is in position at his firing point and the command, “THE PREPARATION
PERIOD STARTS NOW”, has been given.
COMPETITION REGULATIONS AND RANGE OPERATION (continued)
9.2 Pistols Unloaded - Pistols will not be loaded until the competitor has taken position at the firing point the pistols
pointed toward the targets and the command “LOAD” has been given.
9.3 Loaded Pistols - A pistol or revolver that has a cartridge in the cylinder or in a magazine which has been inserted
shall be considered as being loaded. No pistol will be loaded until competitor has taken the assigned place at the
firing point and the command “LOAD” has been given by the range officer. Loaded pistols shall be pointed in the
direction of the targets at all times.
9.4 Cease Firing - Any person will immediately command “CEASE FIRING” if any incident occurs which indicates
possible injury to some lining thing should firing continue. In all other cases commands will originate with the Chief
Range Officer, (See Rules 10.7 and 18.10)
9.5 Not Ready - it is the duty of competitors to notify the Range Officer if not ready to fire at the time the Chief Range
Officer asks, “IS THE LINE READY?” Should the Chief Range Officer cause firing to proceed, the competitor
concerned will be given an opportunity to fire a score in the earliest possible relay or by time extension. Failure of the
competitor to notify the Range Officer “not ready” forfeits the right to fire. (See Rule 10.7)
9.6 Changing Pistols - No competitor will change pistols during the firing of any stage, unless it has become disabled
and has been so designated by the Chief Range Officer. Claim that a pistol is disabled must be made immediately.
All shots fired up to the time the claim is made will stand as part of the official score. The exchange of barrels,
portable weights, etc., shall not be restricted. (For timed and rapid fire see Rules 9.9 and 9.22)
9.7 Sighting Shots - Sighting shots are not allowed as a part of the course of fire in pistol matches. This does not
prohibit practice matches or practice targets provided all competitors have equal opportunity to enter such events or
to use such targets. Practice must not be permitted to interfere with the safe, efficient and scheduled operation of the
9.8 Defective Cartridge - A defective cartridge is one:
(a) that has such evident structural defect as to cause a misfire or to cause a pistol to fail to function
(b) that does not fire
(c) from which the bullet has not left the barrel (No claim for a defective cartridge shall be allowed if bullet has left the
(For procedure in case of a defective cartridge (See Rules 9.18 and 9.19). For re-firing privileges (See Rule 9.22)
9.9 Disabled Pistol - A disabled pistol is one:
(a) that cannot be safely aimed or fired
(b) that has suffered damage so it cannot be fired or will not function properly
(c) that has suffered the loss of a sight or damage to the sights.
The fact that sights are improperly adjusted does not constitute disablement. A pistol once declared
disabled by the Chief Range Officer shall not again be used for competitive firing until the defect has been
corrected and until the pistol has been ruled as safe by the Chief Range Officer. (For procedure in case
of a disabled pistol (See Rules 9.18 and 9.19). For re-firing privileges (See Rule 9.22.)
9.10 Malfunction - Failure of the pistol to function properly due to the mechanical defects or to defective ammunition.
Functional failures due to improper manual operation are not to be considered as malfunctions. (For procedure in
case of a malfunction (See Rules 9.18 and 9.19. For re-firing privileges (See Rule 9.22)
9.11 Continue to Fire - To break ties competitors who fire a perfect score (all X’s) in individual matches will continue to
fire five-shot strings until a hit is made outside the scoring ring of highest value. In three stage matches containing
slow, timed and rapid fire the competitor will continue to fire five-shot strings at rapid fire until there is a hit outside
the scoring ring of the highest value. The continuation of firing must in all cases commence during the day of the
match in which the perfect score was fired. When using these scores to break ties, rules will apply as provided in
Section 15. This rule does not apply in team matches.
COMPETITION REGULATIONS AND RANGE OPERATION (continued)
9.12 Weighing Triggers - Triggers may be weighed with official NRA trigger test weights at the discretion of the Match
Director or Jury. Failure of the trigger to meet the trigger pull requirements shall disqualify the competitor in
matches previously fired.
While trigger pull is being weighed, the pistol shall be held with the barrel perpendicular to the horizontal
surface on which test weight is supported. The rod or hook of test weight shall rest on lowest point of the
curve in curved triggers, or on a point approximately one quarter of an inch from lower end of straight
triggers. To pass the weight test, a weight of the correct number of pounds shall be lifted by the pistol
trigger while in the cocked position and while all safety devices are in firing position from the horizontal
surface on which it is resulting, until the weight hangs free and without releasing the trigger. The magazine
must be removed and pistols unloaded while trigger is being weighed. Pistols equipped with a device to
prevent firing while magazine is out must be closely inspected to see that no cartridges are in a magazine
Magazine will then be inserted and trigger pull weighed. Competitors will be permitted to adjust triggers
which have failed to pass the weight test provided they do not occasion any delay. Failure of trigger to
pass the weight test is the competitor’s responsibility.
9.13 Competitor’s Position - Competitors will take their positions at their numbered firing points in such manner so as to
not interfere with competitors on either side.
9.14 Coaching Prohibited in Matches - Coaching is prohibited in all individual matches of an FPOA Approved Match.
9.15 Matches Not Complete - When a match is not completed by all competitors in accordance with the match
schedule, the match or stage may be rescheduled or canceled. Any match or stage which has been completed by all
competitors will not be refired. Only scores of a match or stage which has been completed will be included in an
aggregate event, and a match or stage is not completed unless all competitors have fired.
9.16 Score Cards - Score cards are prepared in the registration process. Should any reassignment of competitors be
necessary on the firing line the Chief Range Officer will carefully note such reassignments in the space provided on
the range assignment card. These cards will be turned into the Statistical Office immediately upon the conclusion of
9.17 Interruption of Fire
(a) In timed or rapid fire when the firing of a string is interrupted by some occurrence which renders it impossible for
one or more competitors to complete the string under the conditions of the match, the Chief Range Officer will
proceed as follows. Without being permitted to examine their targets, competitors in the relay who have been so
prevented from completing their strings will be asked if they wish to refire or to accept their score as fired.
Targets will then be scored in the usual manner for all competitors except those who have elected to refire.
Without being scored, the targets of such competitors who have elected to refire will be pasted or new targets
substituted and a complete string will be fired and scored. Reasons authorizing this procedure are:
(1) failure to allow full time.
(2) failure of targets to operate properly or uniformly.
(3) failure of target to remain in position on frame or carrier.
(4) damage to target rendering impossible proper aiming or scoring impossible.
(5) the appearance of some object in line of fire constituting a hazard.
(6) an incident involving a Range Officer or competitor on the fire line.
(7) unintended moving of the target during fire.
(b) In timed or rapid fire when, due to faulty target operation or error in timing, one or more competitors are allowed
more time to complete the string than provided by conditions of the match, the Chief Range Officer will
immediately order all such targets pasted or new targets installed. The fired target will not be scored. A
complete new string will then be fired by the competitors who are allowed extra time. If in the same relay some
targets operate properly in accordance with legal time limit, such targets will be scored in the usual manner and
competitors firing on these targets will not be required or permitted to refire.
COMPETITION REGULATIONS AND RANGE OPERATION (continued
(c) In slow fire in case a target is unintentionally moved out of firing position just as a shot is fired the shot will be
circled by the Range Officer if it can be identified, and disregarded when target is scored. If the shot cannot be
identified, the competitor will be permitted to accept the score as fired or to fire a completely new string.
(d) In case of excessive hits (See Rule 14.10)
(e) If a shot hits the target frame or the target carrier causing the target to fall, the Range Officer will be notified. The
target will be rehung and if the shot causing the target to fall strikes outside the scoring rings of the target, it will
be scored as a miss. All other shots on the target will count as record shots. For slow fire the competitor will be
permitted to continue to fire any unfired shots. For timed and rapid fire the competitor will refire the string on the
same target as provided in Rule 9.19.
9.18 Procedure in Case of Defective Cartridge, Disabled Pistol in slow fire - If a cartridge fails to fire or a pistol fails
to function in slow fire the competitor may replace the unfired cartridge or clear the jam and continue firing.
Additional time may be allowed any competitor, equal to the time lost because of the defective cartridge, disabled
pistol or malfunction, if the Range Officer has been notified at the time of the malfunction. (For re-firing privileges
See Rule 9.22(b). It is not required that the Range Officer attempt to fire a cartridge before it is declared defective.
In case of malfunction where a pistol or revolver is disabled and must be replaced requiring a refire, the competitor
will call the Range Officer.
9.19 Procedure in Case of Defective Cartridge, Disabled Pistol or Malfunction in Timed and Rapid Fire -
(a) In the event of a defective cartridge (Rule 9.8), disabled pistol (Rule 9.9), or malfunction (Rule 9.10), before a
string is completed in timed or rapid fire, the competitor shall be privileged to fire another five shot string, provided
he assumes the “Ready” position and calls the Range Officer by holding up the non-shooting hand at the end of
the time period. The Range Officer will inspect the pistol, if satisfied that there is a disabled pistol, defective
cartridge, malfunction; or optical sight failure, will determine the number of unfired cartridges remaining in the
pistol or bullets that have failed to leave the barrel. The competitor will then fire another complete five shot string
on the same target.
When scoring is after each 5 shot string, the competitor will be charged with firing 10 shots minus whatever
number of cartridges where found unfired or bullets that failed to leave the barrel in the original string and will be
scored the 5 shots of lowest value.
When scoring after 10 shots, the competitor will be charged with firing 15 shots minus whatever number of
cartridges were found unfired or bullets that failed to leave the barrel in the original string and will be scored the
10 shots of lowest value.
Unfired shots in the refire string will be scored as misses. Failure of the competitor to notify the Range Officer of
the malfunction, or the opening or cleaning or attempting to clear the pistol by the competitor before the Range
Officer has inspected the pistol forfeits the right of the competitor to refire. For refiring privileges
see Rule 9.22 (c).
Example - in timed or rapid fire a competitor has a misfire on the fourth shot. The Ready
Position will be assumed and at the end of the time limit calls the Range Officer. The Range
Officer inspects the gun, finds conditions as claimed, and finds 2 unfired cartridges in the gun.
The competitor is then given orders to “LOAD 5 ROUNDS” and fires another 5 shot string on the
When scoring is after 5 shot string-In the first string there are 2 10’s and a 9, in the second string there are 4
10’s. the score is the 5 shots of lowest value or 49.
However, if in the first string there are 2 10’s and a 9 and at the end of the second string the only other visible
hits were 2 additional 10’s and another 9 the competitor would be scored 2 misses in the second string and the
score would be 28.
COMPETITION REGULATIONS AND RANGE OPERATION (continued
When scoring is after 10 shots-In the first string there are 2 10’s and a 9, in the second string there are 5 10’s
and in the third string there are 5 10’s, the score is the value of the lowest 10 shots of the 13 shots fired or a 99.
However, if in the first string there are 2 10’s and a 9 and at the end of the third string the only other visible hits
were 7 additional 10’s and another is 9, there would be scored 2 misses and the score would be 78.
(b) If a cartridge fails to fire, or misfires, or a pistol fails to function in timed or rapid fire, the competitor will not be
allowed to refire the string. The competitor may complete the string by manually cocking the pistol or operating
the slide, but if the competitor does so the pistol must remain pointed toward the target at all times
9.20 Interference with Targets - Competitors will not be permitted to interfere with the handling of targets by range
personnel. Competitors shall not touch their targets after they have been fired until final score determination on
the target has been made. Final score determination is not reached until all challenges have been settled.
9.21 Interference - With the exception of competitors actually firing and such range personnel as may be necessary,
the firing points and line will be kept clear of other persons during firing.
(a) No competitor will fire more than one score for the same award except as provided in the program or in
accordance with Rule 9.15.
(b) In single stage matches composed of several strings of fire only one refire per match will be allowed.
(c) In Florida Peace Officers Course, one refire will be allowed in the slow fire stage and one refire will be allowed
in the combined timed and rapid fire stages.
(d) Re-fires of slow fire refires are to be fired immediately after the relay in which the refire occurred.
9.23 Aliases - No competitor may fire under an assumed name nor substitute for another in a match; or register,
enter, or fire in the name of another.
9.24 Score and Classification Falsification - No competitor will falsify score, or classification, or that of any
competitor, nor be an accessory thereto.
9.25 Cross Fires and Excessive Hits - No competitor will deliberately fire on the wrong target nor fire more than the
required number of shots, including hits on some other competitor’s target and misses.
9.26 Bribery - No person will offer a bribe of any kind to any of the range, statistical personnel or others, nor be an
9.27 Disorderly Conduct - Disorderly conduct or intoxication is strictly prohibited on the range and anyone guilty of same
will be expelled from the range. Expelled competitors will be disqualified from the competition with no return of
9.28 Refusal to Obey - No person will refuse to obey instructions of the Match Director, Jury member Range Officers or
any other officer of the match, if instructions are given in the proper conduct of the office.
9.29 Evasion of Rules - No competitor will evade or attempt to evade nor be an accessory to the evasion of any of the
conditions of a match as prescribed in the tournament program or in these rules. Refusal of a competitor or tournament
official to give testimony regarding facts known concerning violations or attempted violations of these rules will constitute
being an accessory to the violation or attempted violation.
9.30 Penalties/Disqualification - The Jury, or Match Director, upon proper presentation of evidence, may disqualify or
order the expulsion of any competitor from the range for violations of rules or for other conduct considered
discreditable or unsafe. In the event of a disagreement between Match Officials, the Jury shall prevail at the match
with recourse only to the Executive Board.
9.31Suspension - It shall be the match sponsoring District Director’s responsibility to document and forward any and all
evidence/testimony along with a recommendation to the Association Headquarters concerning violations of these
rules. The Executive Director will then forward the evidence/testimony to the Executive Board for final disposition.
10. RANGE CONTROL AND COMMANDS
10.1 Discipline - The safety of competitors, range personnel and spectators requires continuous attention by all to the
careful handling of firearms and caution in moving about the range. Self-discipline is necessary on the part of all.
Where such self-discipline is lacking it is the duty of range personnel to enforce discipline and it is the duty of
competitors to assist in such enforcement.
(a) No person will ever go in front of the firing line until all cylinders are open, slides back and the line has been
cleared by the Chief Range Officer.
(b) NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, INTOXICATED PERSONNEL OR INTOXICATED SHOOTERS WILL BE
PERMITTED ON ANY FIRING LINE AT ANY TIME. Strict enforcement is the responsibility of all range
(c) New Shooters - Range Officers seeing that any person is not qualified for safety reasons shall appoint an
experienced shooter to assist that person while on the firing line throughout the match.
10.2 Loud Language - Loud or abusive language will not be permitted. Competitors, scorers, and Range Officers will
limit their conversation directly behind the firing line to official business.
10.3 Delaying a Match - No competitor may delay the start of a match through tardiness in reporting or undue delay in
preparing to fire.
10.3.1 Preparation Period - If used, all competitors will be allowed 3 minutes to take their places at their firing points and
prepare to fire after the relay is called to the firing line. Dry firing will be permitted during this period.
10.4 Policing Range - It is the duty of competitors to police the firing points after the completion of each match or stage.
The Range Officer will supervise such policing and see that the firing points are kept clean. Extreme caution must
be used to assure no live ammunition is left on the range.
10.5 Competitors Will Score - Competitors will act as scores when requested to do so by the Match Director or Chief
Range Officer, except that competitors will not score their own targets, targets of competitors from their same work
location, spouse, or team member.
10.6 Repeating Commands - A Range Officer will repeat the Chief Range Officer’s commands only when those
commands cannot be clearly heard by competitors.
10.7 Firing Line Commands - When ready to start the firing of a match the Chief Range Officer commands “RELAY NO.
1 ON THE FIRING LINE.” The competitors in that relay immediately take their assigned places at their firing points
and prepare to fire but do not load. The Chief Range Officer then states “THE PREPARATION PERIOD STARTS
NOW.” At the end of the 3 minute preparation period the Chief Range Officer states “THE PREPARATION PERIOD
The Chief Range Officer having made sure that the range is clear (in timed and rapid fire the targets must be turned
out of firing position) Then commands “WITH 5 ROUNDS LOAD”.
NOTE: In slow fire events, which are scored after 10 shots, the command should be “10 SHOTS
SLOW FIRE, 10 SHOTS IN 5 MINUTES, LOAD.” (The number of rounds to be loaded by the
competitor in slow fire stages will be determined by the competitor.)
The Chief Range Officer then asks, “IS THE LINE READY?” Any competitor who is not ready or whose target
is not in order will immediately raise the non-shooting arm and call, “Not ready on the target…”.
The Chief Range Officer will immediately state, “THE LINE IS NOT READY,” and a Range Officer will immediately
investigate the difficulty and assist in correcting it. When the difficulty has been corrected, the Chief Range Officer
calls, “THE LINE IS READY.”
When the Chief Range Officer asks “IS THE LINE READY?” and the line is ready, he then calls, “THE LINE IS
RANGE CONTROL AND COMMANDS (continued)
The Chief Range Officer then Commands, “READY ON THE RIGHT. READY ON THE LEFT.” Competitors may
point their guns toward the target after the command, “Ready on the right.” The Chief Range Officer will then
command, “READY ON THE FIRING LINE.” In approximately 3 seconds the targets will be exposed, or the signal
to commence firing will be given.
The Chief Range Officer then commands “COMMENCE FIRING” which means to start without delay as timing of
the string is started with this command. “COMMENCE FIRING” may be signaled verbally, or by a short sharp
blast on a whistle or by moving the targets into view.
“CEASE FIRING” is the command given by the Chief Range Officer at the end of time limit for each string or at
any other time all firing is to cease. FIRING MUST CEASE IMMEDIATELY. Even if a competitor is about to let
off a carefully aimed shot the competitor must not fire and open the action of the gun. Failure to immediately
obey this command is one of the worst infractions of range discipline. On this command cylinders shall be
opened or slides locked back and all guns placed on the shooting stand and not handled until the next command
of the Chief Range Officer “Cease Firing” may be signaled verbally, or by a short sharp blast on a whistle or by
moving the targets out of view.
When the command to cease firing is given at the end of a string the command is “CEASE FIRING - UNLOAD –
CYLINDERS OPEN - MAGAZINES OUT - SLIDES BACK - GUNS ON THE TABLE. ARE THERE ANY
REFIRES?” The Chief Range Officer then asks “IS THE LINE SAFE ON THE RIGHT? IS THE LINE SAFE ON
THE LEFT?” On this command all Range Officers and scorers check their competitors to make sure each one
obeys the command before signaling the Chief Range Officer that their portion of the firing line is safe. When all
Range Officers have given a signal that the range is safe the Chief Range Officer commands “THE LINE IS
SAFE, GO FORWARD, SCORE TARGETS AND PASTE” (or “CHANGE”).
When the Chief Range Officer has ascertained that all personnel have returned to the firing line after scoring or
changing targets, the command. “THE RANGE IS CLEAR, YOU MAY HANDLE YOUR GUNS” will be given.
Other commands used less frequently are:
“POLICE FIRING POINTS” means pick up fired cartridge cases, empty cartridge cartons and “tidy-up” the firing
“AS YOU WERE” means disregard the command just given. For example, if the commands were given
“READY ON THE LINE RIGHT” followed by “AS YOU WERE” it would mean someone was not ready.
“CARRY ON” means proceed with whatever was being done before some interruption occurred.
Should a target blow out of the frame or otherwise become unserviceable the Range Officer will report the
condition immediately to the Chief Range Officer who will issue such commands and directions as
NOTE: Commands controlling the start of the firing sequence commencing with “Ready on the Right” should have
approximately a 3 second interval between firing line commands.
11. MATCH OFFICIALS
Match Officials - Officials should be thoroughly familiar with conditions of the program and with Florida Peace Officers’
Association Pistol Rules.
11.1 Sponsoring District Director - The Sponsoring District Director shall be responsible that Florida Peace Officers
Association sponsored matches are carried out in a safe manner and complies with all FPOA Bi-Laws and Pistol
Rules. The Sponsoring District Director may act as the Match Director (11.1.1) or appoint someone to be
responsible for the position.
Upon completion of the competition, the Sponsoring Match Director will forward in good order all completed official
score cards to the FPOA Headquarters.
11.1.1 Match Director - The Match Director is directly responsible for the efficient conduct of the entire match. He/she
may change match and firing conditions as shown by the program, provided a Match Director’s Bulletin is posted
for the information of all competitors, and that such changes are not contrary to current FPOA rules. The Match
Director is directly responsible for the efficient operation of the range, registration, and of the Statistical office and
for the safety and proper discipline of all match operating personnel, competitors and spectators. All persons on
the range will comply with Instructions from the Match Director for the operation of the tournament. The Match
Director will use the best judgment at all times and behavior and decisions must be characterized by absolute
impartiality, firmness, courtesy and constant vigilance. In the application of these rules the Match Director will
confer with the Jury on any doubtful point and will be guided by the Jury’s decision. The Match Director may
disqualify a competitor (s) under provision of Rule 9.30
11.1.2 Deputy Match Director - The Deputy Match Director, when appointed, is responsible to the Match Director for the
efficient conduct of the entire tournament and acts for the Match Director in all matters listed Rule 11.1 A Deputy
Match Director is appointed at the discretion of the Sponsoring District Director.
11.2.1 Jury - In all matches, a 3-member Jury will be formed by the Match Director. A Jury member shall be exempted
from ruling on a matter in which personally involved. The Match Director will name a replacement for that Jury
member while ruling on that action. The Jury Chairman may disqualify a competitor (s), as directed by the Jury,
under provisions of Rule 9.30
11.3 Chief Range Officer - Will have full charge of the range and will conduct and “call” the matches on the schedule
approved by the Match Director and is responsible for range safety, and for enforcing all rules. The Chief Range
Officer may be assisted by such assistants as deemed necessary.
Prior to a relay starting, the Chief Range Officer will ensure the score cards are picked up from the
Registration Officer and passed out to the shooter prior to the relay firing the first stage of the match.
Upon completion of the match, the Chief Range Officer will ensure the score cards are collected and if
possible verify that all required signatures are present. The score cards are then to be turned over to the
11.4 Range Officers - Each Range Officer is an assistant to the Chief Range Officer; competitors may be assigned this
duty. The Range Officer is responsible for the safety and discipline of range personnel, competitors, and spectators
in the sector of the range to which assigned. The Range Officer shall supervise the scoring procedure and is
responsible for seeing that the competitor’s equipment and position are as authorized for the particular match being
fired. It is the Range Officer’s duty to be completely familiar with the program and with the Association rules. The
Range Officer is to comply to the best of his ability with all instructions issued by the Match Director or Chief Range
Officer and will render all possible cooperation to other officials. He must be constantly alert, impartial in handling
competitors and courteous though firm
11.5 Registration Officer - The Chief Registration Officer is in charge of all work in connection with the registration or
pre-registration of the match. The Chief Registration Officer is directly responsible to the Match Director and is
assisted by such assistant registration officers as may be required.
MATCH OFFICIALS (continued)
11.5.1 Statistical Officer - The Chief Statistical Officer is in charge of all statistical work in connection with the match
except the actual recording of scores when this is done on the range. The Statistical Officer is directly responsible
to the Match Director and is assisted by such assistant Statistical Officers as may be required.
11.6 Protest Committee - (Executive Board of Directors) All decisions by the Protest Committee are final.
11.7 Duty to Competitors - It shall be the duty of all operating officials and personnel to properly conduct themselves by
being fair and impartial to all in carrying out their various duties. No official shall molest a competitor nor allow such
practice by another official or other competitor. Should a competitor’s equipment or demeanor warrant
disqualification for an individual match or tournament, it should be done in such a manner as will cause the least
inconvenience to all concerned. In so doing, the official should state to the competitor the rule or section of rules
under which the disqualification is being made.
12. REGISTRATION OFFICE OPERATIONS
12.1 Duties of Office - The basic registration process recommended is as follows:
1. Utilize a form for registration. The form should indicate the following information:
(a) the number of targets on the respective range and the relay number in the top left hand corner of the
(b). a space for the competitors name, work location, classification, and FPOA card number
(c). a space for the meal (i.e. paid, unpaid) if necessary
(d). a column for the score to be entered
2. When assigning targets on the registration form, the Registration Officer will ensure, if at all possible, that
individuals from the same troop (FHP), District (FMP), institution, circuit office, community facility region, county
(Sheriff Office), or police department do not shoot beside each other in order to prevent scoring conflicts.
3. Upon registration, all competitors’ classification will be verified by personally visualizing a current FPOA
membership card and a current classification card. NOTE: If appropriately sponsored, nonmembers may pay
required membership dues and join at the time of registration. All shooting fees are due at this time.
4. Upon registration of competitors, the appropriate score card will be filled out including name, card number, work
location, and the assigned relay/target.
5. Upon completion of the aforementioned process, the registration office will compile the score cards according to
relays and in target order.
13. STATISTICAL OFFICE OPERATIONS
13.1 Duties of Office - The basic statistical process recommended is as follows:
1. The Statistical Officer should ensure the amount of score cards coincide with the relay registration form received
from the Registration Officer.
2. All scores should be verified with a calculator or adding machine. Any changes made on a score card by a stat
person, should be verified by a second stat person. The change on the score card will be initialed by the stat
person making the change.
3. Upon verifying all score cards, the scores will be documented on the registration form by the individual’s
respective name. Upon completion of each registration form, the form will be posted on the official bulletin board
and the time of posting will be noted on the form.
4. After each relay, all completed score cards are to be sorted by classification and compiled by score order with
the highest score on top.
5. Upon completion of all relays, and verification of all scores, the winners will be documented of the registration
form which is to be turned over to the Sponsoring District Director for awards.
STATISTICAL OFFICE OPERATIONS (continued)
13.2 Preliminary Bulletins - Preliminary bulletins on all matches will be posted promptly on the Official Bulletin Board
and remain a reasonable length of time to allow competitors to notify the Statistical Office of apparent errors. The
challenge closing time will be stated on the official bulletin.
13.3 Official Bulletins - Official Bulletins will be posted on the Official Bulletin Board. However, in the procedure outlined
in Rule 13.2 for bulletin boards, such scores shall be acceptable and become final after the expiration of the
challenge time period of fifteen minutes in district matches or one hour for the annual conference match and shall
act as an Official Bulletin.
13.4 Correction of Bulletin Errors - The Statistical Office will correct errors which come to the attention of the office
prior to publication of the Official Bulletin.
13.5 Changing Official Bulletins - No Official Bulletin shall be changed except on authority of the Match Director or Jury.
Subsequent changes by the Match Director or Jury are limited to the correction of:
(a) Typographical errors.
(b) Aggregate bulletins on which the total score does not agree with scores shown on the Official Bulletins for the
matches comprising the aggregate.
(c) Where an error has been made by not following the program schedule of awards.
(d) Errors in classification of competitors, the competitor having been previously advised of such error and correct
(e) Disqualification of competitors as provided in Rule 9.30.
13.6 Individual Squadding - Where advance entries are received, squadding for all matches may be made in advance.
Competitors may be squadded so they move a predetermined distance along the firing line after each match. They
may be squadded as to class. Where post entries are received, they may be squadded as fill-ins to the above
14. SCORING AND MARKING
14.1 When to Score - Targets are scored after each 10 shot stage.
14.2 Where to Score - Targets may be scored on the target frames, at the firing line or in the Statistical Office. The
scorer must be at the target when scoring.
14.3 How to Score - A shot hole, the leaded edge of which comes in contact with the outside of the bullseye or scoring
rings of a target, is given the higher value. A scoring gauge will be used to determine the value of close shots. The
higher value will be allowed in those cases where the flange on the gauge touches the scoring ring. No scoring
gauge will be used unless the diameter of the scoring flange is within these limits:
.22 cal., .2225” - .2240” .44 cal., .426” - .430”
.33 cal., .335” - .359” .45 cal., .450” - .454”
Devices other than scoring gauges, such as “plugs” may be used to assist in establishing the correct value of hits.
(a) In case of key holed or tipped shots, the higher value is awarded if the leaded edge of the bullet hole touches the
scoring ring of higher value, even though the hole is elongated to the bullet’s length rather than being a circle of
the bullet’s diameter.
(b). In case of skid shots, the higher value is awarded if the leaded edge of the bullet hole touches the scoring ring of
higher value, except the value of a skid shot may not be more than one ring higher than the original point of bullet
contact with the target. The target shall be defined as the entire card or paper on which the scoring rings are
printed but shall not include the backing. When the original point of bullet contact in on the target card, but
outside the scoring rings, and the leaded edge of the bullet touches a scoring ring, it will be given the value of the
lowest scoring ring.
(c) When a bullet enters a target from the back side it will be scored as a miss.
SCORING AND MARKING (continued
14.3.1 Removal of Plug Type Scoring Gauge
(a) The plug type scoring gauge, if used, will remain the shot hole until the shot value is agreed upon by the
competitor and the scorer, or until removed by the Jury after a challenge. If the plug type scoring gauge is
removed prior to an agreement of shot value, the shot hole may not be replugged and must be taken to the Jury
for final decision.
(b) Only the Jury may use a plug type scoring gauge to determine if a shot hole is a double.
14.4 Misses - Hits outside the scoring rings are scored as misses. (Except as provided in 14.3 b).
14.5 Early or Late Shots - When a shot is fired early or late, that is, before or after the signal to commence or cease fire,
when the required number of hits are visible on the face of the target, the value of the highest hit will be scored a
miss. When fewer than the required number of hits are visible on the target, the competitor will be scored a miss for
each shot not on the target, and those visible on the target will be scored in the normal manner.
14.5 All Shots Count - All shots fired by the competitor after position has been taken at the firing point will be counted,
even if the pistol is accidentally discharged.
14.6 Hits on Wrong Target or Bullseye - Hits on the wrong target or bullseye are scored as misses. A wrong target is
defined as a target other than that:
(a) assigned to the firing point upon which the competitor is squadded (assigned).
(b) intended to be used for the match, stage and distance in that event concerned.
14.7 Ricochets - A hole made by a ricochet bullet does not count as a hit and will be scored as a miss. It must be noted
that a bullet which keyholes is not necessarily a ricochet.
14.8 Visible Hits and close Groups - As a general rule, only those hits which are visible will be scored. An exception
will be made in the case where the grouping of 3 or more shots is so close that it is possible for a required shot or
shots to have gone through the enlarged hole without leaving a mark and there has been no evidence that a shot
or shots have gone elsewhere than through the assigned target. In such case, the shooters will be given the
benefit of the doubt and scored hits for the non-visible shots, on the assumption they passed through the enlarged
hole. If such an assumption could place a non-visible hit in either of 2 scoring rings, it shall be scored in the higher
14.9 Excessive Hits - If more than the required number of hits appear on the target, any shot which can be identified by
the appearance of the bullet hole as having been fired by some competitor, other than the competitor assigned to
that target, or as having been fired in a previous string, will be pasted and will not be scored. If more than the
required number of hits then remain on the target a complete new score will be fired and the original score will be
(a) If all hits are equal value, the score will be recorded as the required number of hits of that value.
(b) The competitor shall be allowed to accept a score equal to the required number of hits of lowest value.
(c) If a competitor fires fewer than the prescribed number of shots through the competitors own fault, and there
should be more this on the target that the shots fired, the competitor will be scored the number of shots of
highest value equal to the number fired, and will be given a miss for each unfired cartridge.
(d). If a competitor, by mistake, fires more than the required number of shots, the required number of hits of lowest
value will be scored. This shall not be considered a refire as outlined in Rule 9.19
(e). If the competitor re-fires, the original target with excessive hits shall be retained by the scorer, and on refiring,
the competitor may not receive a score higher than the required number of hits of highest value on the original
target. If the score on the refired target is higher than the required number of hits of highest value on the original
target, then the original target shall be scored using the appropriate hits of highest value; but if the score on the
refired target is not higher, then such refired score will be recorded.
14.10 Scoring Altered Targets - Targets intentionally altered or marked to benefit a shooter over other competitors will
not be scored.
SCORING AND MARKING (continued
14.11 Scorer’s Duties -
(a) When targets are scored before their removal from the frame the scorer records the value of each hit on score
card while holding the card in such a position that competitor may see score being recorded. Only “X” and Arabic
numerals must be used when shot values are entered, misses shall be marked as “0” (NOT A DASH). It is the
duty of each competitor to watch the marking of score on the score card and to challenge such score immediately
is scoring is thought to be incorrect. After each target is scored shot holes are patched or target is changed. The
scorer should then write the score at the top of the 8-ring, example: 85-3X. All entries on score cards should be
made in ink.
14.12 Score Cards - Score cards will be prepared by the Registration Office. Competitors will ordinarily pick up their
score cards from the Chief Range Officer and deliver the correct score card to the scorer before each match. At
the conclusion of each relay, the Chief Range Officers will collect the score cards and deliver them to the
14.13 Erasures on Score Cards - Erasures on score cards are not permitted. Any erasure (s) will be scored as a “0”
by the stat office. If correction is necessary, it must be made and initialed by the Scorer or Range Officer. To
make a correction, the Scorer or Range Officer draws a line, or lines, through the incorrect score and places the
correct score above.
14.4 Position on Score Cards of Refired Scores - Scores (including refired strings) will be placed on the score card
in the order in which they are fired.
15. DECISION OF TIES
NOTE: All ties (same numerical score) ranking Rules shall be applied in the order listed below.
15.1 Match - The term “match” as used in this section refers to all individual, team, and aggregate matches.
15.2 Value of “X” - In all matches where the X is scored, and X is a hit of highest value.
15.3 Single Stage - At any range or stage ties will be ranked by applying the following steps (a) to (f) inclusive, in the
order listed below:
(a) By the greatest number of X’s.
(b) By the fewest misses.
(c) By the fewest hits of lowest value.)
(d) By the fewest hits of the next lowest value, etc.
In slow fire individual matches by inverse order of shots, counting singly from the last shot to the first shot (this will be
applied only when targets are being scored after each shot).
In matches scored in strings of 5 or 10 shots by the highest ranking score in the last string, by highest ranking score
in the next to last string, etc. (If still a tie, apply rule 15.7).
15.4 Multiple Stage - In matches fired in stages, ties will be ranked by applying the following steps, (a) to (d) inclusive, in
the order listed below:
(a) By the greatest number of X’s.
(b) By the highest ranking score in rapid fire; if still a tie, rank each rapid fire score by applying Rule 15.3.
If this does not break the tie, apply Rule 15.4 (c).
(c) By the highest ranking score in timed fire; if still a tie, rank each timed fire score by applying Rule 15.3. If this
does not break the tie, apply Rule 15.4 (d).
(d) By the highest ranking score at slow fire; if still a tie, rank each slow fire score by applying Rule 15.3. If this does
not break the tie, see Rule 15.7.
15.5 Aggregate Matches - In aggregate matches, ties will be ranked by applying the following steps, (a) to (d) inclusive,
in the order listed below:
(a) By the greatest number of X’s
(b) By the highest ranking total rapid fire score (including both single and multiple stage match rapid fire scores
ranked as shown in Rule 15.3). If this does not break the tie, apply Rule 15.5 (c).
DECISION OF TIES (continued)
(c) By the highest ranking total timed fire score (including both single and multiple stage match timed fire scores
ranked as shown in Rule 15.3).
(d) By the highest ranking total slow fire score (including both single and multiple stage match slow fire scores as
shown in Rule 15.3). If still a tie, see Rule 15.7.
15.6 Team Matches - Ties in team matches will be ranked in the order shown below:
(a) By considering the team score as though it were a single score fired by an individual. The same precedent
applies as indicated in section 15.4 (inclusive).
(b) By the highest individual Florida Peace Officers Course/Match score.
(c) By the second highest individual score, etc.
(d) By the highest individual score, the second highest individual score, etc., at each stage considered, in the order
listed in Rule 15.4.
15.7 Unbreakable Ties - In case a tie cannot be ranked under the provisions of the above rules of this section, the
Match director will direct that the tie be decided and awards given under one of the following plans as appears
necessary or advisable.
(a) By the firing of a complete or partial score under the original match conditions or at the longest range of the
(b) By the drawing of lots for merchandise, medals or trophy awards and combing any other awards to which
those tied may be entitled, and making equal division of awards among those tied.
16 CHALLENGES AND PROTEST
16.1 Challenges - When a competitor feels that a shot fired has been improperly evaluated or scored the scoring may be
challenged. Such challenge must be made immediately upon announcement of the score. No challenge will be
accepted after the target has been handled by the shooter or removed from the range.
(a) A challenge fee of $1.00 will be charged to all competitors making challenges. The challenge fee will be
collected before making the first re-check of the challenged score. If the competitor’s challenge is sustained at
any point along the line of re-checks, the challenge fee will be returned. If the challenge is lost, the challenge
fee will be included in the general revenue of the tournament. The decision of the Jury will be final in
(b) Then targets are scored on frames and the scoring of a shot is challenged, the Range Officer will immediately
notify the Chief Range Officer, who will refer the target to the Official Jury. If necessary to avoid delaying the match
the challenged target will be replaced with a clean target and the match will proceed. The Official Jury will score the
target as soon as possible and notify the competitor.
16.2 Protest - A competitor may formally protest:
(a) Any injustice which is felt has been done except the valuation of a target, which may be challenged as outlined in
(b) The conditions under which another competitor has been permitted to fire.
(c) The equipment which another competitor has been permitted to use.
16.3 Authority of Protest Committees - To review all formal protests and make final determinations. (See Rule 11.6)
16.4 How to Protest - A protest must be initiated immediately upon the occurrence of the protested incident. Failure to
comply with the following procedure will automatically void the protest.
(a) State the complaint orally to the Chief Range Officer. If not satisfied then,
(b) State the complaint orally to the Official Jury Chairman. If not satisfied then,
(c) File a formal protest in writing with the Official Jury Chairman stating all the facts in the case. Such written
protest must be filed within fifteen minutes of posting the Official Bulletin at a district match, or one hour after
posting of the Official Bulletin at the Annual Conference Match.
(d) The Official Jury Chairman will then forward the protest with a complete statement of facts to the Protest
. CHALLENGES AND PROTEST (continued)
16.5 Challenges and Protests in Team Matches - Must be made by the Team Captain. Team members who believe
they have reason to challenge or protest will state the facts to their Team Captain, who will make the official
challenge or protest if it is felt such action to be justified.
17. COURSES OF FIRE
(Standard B-8 Target)
17.1 The 600 point aggregate of :
20 shots, slow fire (25 yds.)
20 shots, timed fire (15 yds.)
20 shots, rapid fire (15 yds.)
17.2 The 900 point aggregate of
20 shots, slow fire (25 yds.)
20 shots, timed fire (15 yds.)
20 shots, rapid fire (15 yds.)
30 shots, FPOA Course (15 yds.)
18. COMPETITOR’S DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
NOTE: The following competitors’ duties are in addition to those specified elsewhere throughout these
18.1 Discipline - It is the duty of each competitor to sincerely cooperate with tournament officials in the effort to conduct a
safe, efficient tournament. Competitors are expected to promptly call the attention of proper officials to any
infraction of rules of safety or good sportsmanship. Failure of a competitor to cooperate in any case arising out of
infractions of these rules may result in the said competitor being considered as an accessory to the offense. (See
18.2 Knowledge of Program - It is the competitor’s responsibility to be familiar with the program. Officials cannot be
held responsible for a competitor’s failure to obtain and be familiarized with the program.
18.3 Eligibility - It is the competitor’s duty to enter only those events for which eligible and to enter in the proper
18.3.1 Competitors Will Score - Competitors will normally act as scorers, except that competitors will not score their
18.4 Classification - It is the competitor’s duty to have a current Classification Card in possession when using a
classification system. At district matches, unclassified competitors will compete in the Unclassified Master class
until classification is established. At the Annual Conference Match, all unclassified competitors will compete in the
18.5 Individual Entries - In individual matches it is the duty of competitors to make their own entries on the forms and in
the manner prescribed for that match. Errors due to illegibility or the improper filling out of forms are solely the
competitor’s responsibility. The Statistical Office is not required to accept corrections.
18.6 Squadding Tickets - It is the competitor’s duty to secure squadding for each match in ample time to permit
reporting at the proper time and place to fire each match. It is not the duty of officials to page competitors in order
to get them on the firing line. Competitors upon receipt of squadding tickets, should inspect them for correctness of
the competitor’s number and non-interference in squadding assignments. Errors should be reported to the
COMPETITOR’S DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (continued)
18.7 Reporting at Firing Point - Competitors must report at their assigned firing points immediately when the relay is
called by the Range Officer. The proper pistol and ammunition for that particular match be ready and in safe firing
condition. Time may be allowed for pistol repairs, sight blacking, sight adjustments or search for missing
equipment after a relay has been called to the firing line unless done so within the 3 minute preparation period (if
18.8 Timing - Time for the firing of a string (within the official time limit) is the competitor’s responsibility. Range Officers
will not announce the time during the firing, but, if requested, will give the competitor information as to the
18.9 Loading - No competitor will load a pistol except at the firing point and after the command “LOAD” has been given
by the Chief Range Officer. (A pistol or revolver that has a cartridge in the cylinder or a magazine which has been
inserted shall be considered as being loaded)
18.10 Cease Firing - When the command “CEASE FIRING” is given by anyone, all firing will immediately cease and
competitors will await further commands or instructions to be given by the range personnel.
18.11 Checking Scores - It is the duty of competitors to check their scores as written on their score card and to sign their
score card at the conclusion of a match. When scoring is done in the Statistical Office competitors must promptly
check the Preliminary Bulletin and call attention to errors within the time specified at that match. Failure to check
scores within the time limit forfeits the right to challenge.
18.12 Clearing the Firing Point - It is the competitor’s duty to leave the firing point promptly at the conclusion of the
relay. When leaving the firing point pistols must be unloaded. Cylinders must be open on revolvers, and slides
locked back and magazines removed from semiautomatics or the weapon secured in a shooting kit.
18.13 Checking Bulletin Board - It is the duty of all individual competitors and Team Captains to check Bulletin Board
between each match. The Statistical Officer must be immediately notified of apparent errors. Official Bulletins
must be checked and the Statistical Officer notified of any discrepancies between the Preliminary and Official
Bulletins. Match Director’s Bulletins on the Bulletin Board have the same effect as conditions printed in tournament
program. It is the duty of competitors to familiarize themselves with all such Match Directors Bulletins.
18.14 Score Cards Must Be Signed - At the conclusion of scoring the scorer will add the value of the shots, place the
total on the score card and sign the card. The competitor then checks value of individual shots, the total, and signs
the card. If a competitor or Team Captain leaves the firing line without signing the score card, no protest will be allowed.
If the competitor or Team Captain desires to challenge, the word “challenge” is written on the score card in place of the
Team Captain’s Signature. Team Captains verify and sign score cards in team matches.
18.15 Responsibility - It shall be the competitor’s responsibility:
(a) That all equipment meets all rules and match specifications in any match in which that equipment is to be used.
(b) That the competitor’s position conforms to the rules.
(c) That the competitor has full knowledge of the rules under which the match is fired.
(d) That after due warning of any infraction of existing rules, that the competitor shall understand that a repetition
thereof shall be the subject of disqualification for that match.
(e) That when targets are framed by the competitor, it is the competitor’s responsibility to correctly frame the target
for the specific match and distance. (See Rule 14.7 (b).
(f) To insure that the target is not altered intentionally or with special marks which will be beneficial in any way,
shots fired on such targets will not be scored.
(g) When targets are framed (mounted) by persons other than the competitors framing their own targets,
competitors must be given the opportunity to observe their assigned target and verify it is clean and of the
correct type before the command to load is given.
19. PISTOL CLASSIFICATION
19.1 Classified Competitors - Are all individuals who are officially classified by the FPOA for pistol competition.
19.2 Unclassified Competitors - Unclassified competitors will fire unclassified master in their first FPOA match, and will
be classified after their first match.
19.3 Lack of Classification Evidence - It is the competitor’s responsibility to have an Official Classification Card and to
present this classification evidence when required. Any competitor who cannot present such evidence may be
required to fire in the Master Class. Should it be discovered during a match that a competitor has entered in a
class lower than the current rating, the tournament records will be corrected to show the correct classification for
the entire match.
19.4 Competing in a Higher Class - No persons shall compete in any class other than what his/her classification calls
19.5 Reclassified Down - No person shall be reclassified down until they have fired at least a minimum of ten (10)
matches and in all of the 10 matches record a score lower than a minimum percentage score of his/her present
class. In no event, can he or she go down more than one class at a time and must submit a letter to FPOA
Headquarters requesting to move down in classification.
19.6 Appeals - any competitor having reason to believe classification is improper may file an appeal with the FPOA
stating all essential facts. Such appeal will be reviewed by the Executive Board of Directors.
19.7 Protests - Any person who believes that another competitor has been improperly classified may file a protest with
the Match Director stating all essential facts. Such protests will be reviewed by the Protest Committee. (See
19.8 Team Classification - Teams are classified by computing the “team average” based on the classification of each
firing member of the team. To compute this “team average” the key in Table No. 1 for the different classes will be
used and the team total divided by the number of firing members of the team. Any fractional figure in the team
average of one half or more will place the team in the next higher class. The team average will establish
classification of the team as a unit, but will not affect in any way the individual classification of the team members.
TABLE NO. I - TEAM
Distinguished Master 5
19.9 Reporting Scores - Scores from all matches will be reported to the FPOA Headquarters by sponsoring District
Director no more than 7 days after completion of the match firing schedule.
19.10 Individual Class Averages - Competitors will be classified as follows and FPOA Classification Cards issued
TABLE NO. II - INDIVIDUAL
Distinguished Master 98 & ABOVE
Master 95.00 to 97.99
Expert 90.00 to 94.99
Sharpshooter 85.00 to 89.99
Marksman BELOW 85.00
19.12 Establishing Classification - In accordance with Rule 19.2.
PISTOL CLASSIFICATION (continued)
19.13 Reclassification - A competitor who has been classified by the FPOA will be reclassified as follows:
(a) Classification records will be kept at FPOA Headquarters and as each match score is posted the shooters scores are
re-averaged using the current score and two previous scores (or minimum of 180 rounds). When a shooter is reclassified
he is notified and has a new classification card issued immediately.
NOTE: All awards are furnished by the FPOA.
20.1 District Matches - The award schedule is: first, second, and third place in each classification and first only for
unclassified master class. Match Winner award will go to the person firing the highest score regardless of
classification or category.
20.2 Annual State Match - At the Annual State Match, in order for a competitor to be eligible for cash awards in the
Bullseye category, he or she must have competed ONE district match within that category and had scores recorded
in the F.P.O.A. Headquarters records during the calendar year preceding the conference.
21. FPOA COMPETITION MATCHES
NOTE: The Match program should describe the conditions of the match:
Date: Enter the date(s) of the match.
Directors To Range: List directions clearly.
Rules: The statement that “Current FPOA Rules shall govern” will allow the most liberal conditions found
in those rules.
Competitions Open To: FPOA members only. Membership applications are available at match.
Registration Fee: List amount of match registration fee to be charged each competitor.
Pre-registration Information: List name, address and telephone number of person to whom
pre-registration should be arranged.
Firing Starts: State hour first relay of first match will begin each day.
Match Schedule and Conditions: Give complete details on course of fire, type of sights, caliber of
General Information: List eating facilities, housing facilities, etc.
Entry Fees: FPOA Registration Fee: A fee, as determined by the Board of Directors, will be charged by
the FPOA for each competitor.
Pistol shooting, like other sports, has its own “language” - technical terms, slang and idioms. Many of
the words and expressions used in these Official Regulations are defined as part of the rules. The
following “definitions” or more properly “explanations” are given for the benefit of the tyro to help him to
a clear understanding of the Regulations:
ALIBI - In this instance will mean any stoppage of firearm or malfunctioned range equipment.
This would enable the competitor to “Refire”. (Rule 9.17, 9.19)
BULLSEYE - An aiming point printed on a target card. The aiming point for shooting is usually
circular and contains concentric numbered rings for scoring purposes.
CLASSIFICATION - The grouping individuals by averaging a number of match scores. Classifications
are designed to have individuals compete for awards against others of similar competitive skill levels.
ENTRY - The act of declaring intent to shoot in a match and paying required fee to proper official in
accordance with the program for such match.
KEYHOLE SHOT - A bullet hole elongated beyond its normal diameter and caused by the bullet
entering the target sideways or nearly so rather than point first.
MATCH - A complete event as indicated in the program for the issuance of certain specific awards. A
match may consist of one or of several stages. It may, in the case of aggregate matches, include the
scores fired in several subsidiary matches.
SIGHTING SHOTS - Shots fired at a target provided for that purpose and used to obtain desired
information relative to adjustment of sights for the match which immediately follows.
SKID SHOT - An elongated bullet hole of any length caused by a bullet entering the target while target
is turning into or out of view.
TARGET - A surface, usually paper or tag board, containing one or more aiming points which is
frequently called a target card.
TARGET BUTTS - it might be said that “target butt” or “target pit” is a general term referring broadly to
that end of the range which receives the bullets as compared to the other end of the range, broadly
referred to as the “firing line”, which sends the bullets. A more specific application of “target butts” is
applied to the parapet which protects the target markers and over which the targets are exposed for
“X” RING - An inner circle placed inside the bullseye of many targets. This inner circle makes it
possible to decide tie scores without changing the total score. The highest value for a hit on a pistol
target is 10. Consequently the inner circle placed in these targets is designated an “X” (the Roman
SCORE - The total value of all the required shots fired by a competitor in any one match.
STRING - A “string” is a series of shots forming a “stage” or part of a “stage”. In pistol matches firing
is in “strings” of five (5) shots.
STAGE - In a match fired at more than one range or class (slow, timed, or rapid fire) of firing each
range or class of firing is referred to as a “stage” of the match.
PISTOL RULE CHANGES - All requests for rule changes should be referred to the Pistol Committee Chairman for
consideration at the next Board of Directors meeting.
FLORIDA PEACE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC.
POLICE COMBAT PISTOL MATCH RULES AND REGULATIONS
Effective July 11, 1983 in Ocala, amended July 10, 1986 in Jacksonville, amended July 16, 1987 in
Tallahassee, amended September 25, 1987, in Cross City, amended April 14, 1989, in Tallahassee,
amended April 13, 1990, in Tallahassee, *amended July 11, 1996, in Ocala, amended February 2011 in
V. ELIGIBILITY OF COMPETITORS
(a) Members, Male or Female must be in good standing and fulfill all requirements of the FPOA
(b) All FPOA matches are closed to membership only.
*II. EQUIPMENT AND AMMUNITION
NRA PPC Rules 3.2 and 3.3 Open Class Police Revolver and Open Class Semi-Automatic Pistols:
3.2 Open Class Police Revolver - A revolver chambered to fire center-fire cartridges .32 caliber or larger, barrel
length not to exceed 6 inches. Sights may be fixed or adjustable, front sight may not extend beyond the muzzle, the
maximum sight radius to be no more than 8.5 inches. Hooded or telescope sights prohibited. Sight guards may not
extend rearward more than 2 inches. If the revolver has single-action capability the single action trigger pull must be
at least 2.5 pounds. No external or internal modifications may be made that would render the revolver less safe than
originally designed by the manufacturer. Each competitor is responsible for his/her firearm and any which are
questionable should be submitted to the Match Director/3-Man Jury for decision prior to being used in the tournament.
Specifically prohibited is any system of recoil control based on compensators, barrel venting or barrel porting.
3.3 Any Center-Fire Pistol (Open Class Semi-Automatic Pistol) - Center-fire pistols of .35 caliber or larger,
including 9mm and .45 ACP caliber pistols, barrel length not to exceed 6 inches, sights may be fixed or adjustable.
Front sight may not extend beyond the muzzle, maximum sight radius not more than 8.5 inches. Hooded or telescope
sights prohibited. Sight guards may not extend rearward more than 2 inches. Trigger pull not less than 3.5 pounds
single action or for those of double action capability only. No external or internal modifications may be made that
would render the pistol less safe than originally designed by the manufacturer. All standard safety features of the
pistol must operate properly. Each competitor is responsible for his/her firearms and any which are questionable must
be submitted to the Match Director/3-Man Jury for a decision prior to being used in the tournament. Specifically
prohibited is any system of recoil control based on compensators, barrel venting or barrel porting. All double action
semi-automatic pistols must fire the first shot of every stage double action except at the 50 yard line.
Ammunition - Any - Ammunition of any description that may be fired without danger to competitors, range personnel
or equipment. Tracer, incendiary, armor piercing and similar ammunition is prohibited.
lll. COURSE OF FIRE
(a) 90 Round Aggregate Match Consisting of Matches 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the NRA PPC 1500 match as
(90 ROUND MATCH)
*12 Shots 7 Yards 20 Seconds, Double Action
*12 Shots 15 Yards 20 Seconds, Double Action
18 Shots 25 Yards 1 Minute 30 Seconds,
Kneeling, Standing Left and Right Double Action
24 Shots 50 Yards 2 Minutes 45 Seconds,
Sitting, Prone, Left Hand, Right Hand SA/DA
24 Shots 25 Yards 35 Second each 12 shots
Standing off hand.
(b). ANNUAL STATE MATCH
*Match #1 12 Shots 7 Yards 20 Seconds, Double Action
12 Shots 15 Yards 20 Seconds, Double Action
Match #2 18 Shots 25 Yards 1 Minute 30 Seconds,
Kneeling Standing, Left and Right D.A.
Match #3 24 Shots 50 Yards 2 Minutes 45 Seconds
Sitting, Prone, Left Hand, Right Hand SA/DA
Match #4 24 Shots 25 Yards 35 Seconds Each 12 Shots,
Standing off hand.
Match #5 Aggregate total of Matches 1,2,3, & 4.
IV. AWARDS FOR STATE MATCHES
In order for a competitor to be eligible for awards in the Combat category, he or she must have competed in
ONE district match within that category and had scores recorded in the F.P.O.A. Headquarters records during
the calendar year preceding the conference.
(a) Open Winner FPOA AWARD
(b) 1st Distinguished Master FPOA AWARD
2nd Distinguished Master FPOA AWARD
3rd Distinguished Master FPOA AWARD
(c) 1st Master FPOA AWARD
2nd Master FPOA AWARD
3rd Master FPOA AWARD
(d) 1st Expert FPOA AWARD
2nd Expert FPOA AWARD
3rd Expert FPOA AWARD
(e) 1st Sharpshooter FPOA AWARD
2nd Sharpshooter FPOA AWARD
3rd Sharpshooter FPOA AWARD
(f) 1st Marksman FPOA AWARD
2nd Marksman FPOA AWARD
3rd Marksman FPOA AWARD
(a) All Districts and State Matches will have an Open Winner.
(b) No person shall shoot in any other class except what his F.P.O.A. card calls for.
(c) If a person places first, second, or third, he/she will receive an award regardless of his/her score.
(d) Registration for each conference will be in advance, and shooters will be pre-squadded.
(e) NRA Rules will govern the breaking of a tie. If still a tie, winners will both receive an award.
(f) FPOA Rules and Regulations govern where specified, NRA Rules govern beyond that.
(g) At all district matches, the District Director or Chairman is responsible for seeing that qualified persons will
run the match, post rules and complete stat work. He will also have at least one Range Officer, and one
person assigned as a Referee.
(h) State Matches will have at least 3 Range Officers, match Director, Chief Range Officer and Jury.
(i) A training class will be made available at the Conference each year to train and certify people who will be
acting as FPOA Range Officers.
(j) The host city for the conference should make the range available for practice purposes on the day prior to
the Conference Match.
(k) Any person who is dishonest or does not obey the rules of competition which is written in the NRA Rule
Book or the FPOA Rules and Regulations may have his membership revoked upon evidence to the Board
of Directors that such dishonest conduct did take place. This recommendation will be made to the Pistol
Committee and from there referred to the Board of Directors if necessary.
(l) No awards or trophies will be mailed.
(m) When the competitor and scorer sign the score card, the signatures verify the numbers for each round of
fire. When the total scores for a match are incorrect, affecting the overall score and after the Stat
Officials have verified the scores, the score cards are to be forwarded to the F.P.O.A. Headquarters for
recording of accurate scores.
(a) Unclassified Competitors will fire Unclassified Master in their first FPOA match and must score in the
Master class to receive an award, Or an Unclassified Competitor may use his NRA Police Combat
classification in his first FPOA match (if he has one) and he will then receive his FPOA classification
according to the score fired in this first match.
(b) A competitor is given his classification according to the following chart after completing his first match:
DISTINGUISHED MASTER 98.00 & ABOVE
MASTER 95.00 TO 97.99
EXPERT 90.00 TO 94.99
SHARPSHOOTER 85.00 TO 89.99
MARKSMAN BELOW 85.00
VI. CLASSIFICATIONS (continued)
(c) No person will be reclassified down until he has fired at least a minimum of ten (10) matches and in all of
the said ten matches, record a score lower than a minimum percentage score of his/her present class.
In no event will he or she go down more than one class at a time and must submit a letter to FPOA
Headquarters requesting to move down in classification.
(d) Any shooter who becomes crippled or has a serious accident can submit pictures and doctors
recommendations as to the extent of injury, and the Pistol Committee will have the power to reclassify this
person or allow him/her to shoot from any unnatural position.
(e) All Distinguished Masters and Masters allowing their membership to lapse must wait five years to be
reclassified when they re-enter the Association. Those below Masters must wait three years.
(f) All Classification Records will be kept at the FPOA Headquarters and as each match is posted the
shooter’s scores are re-averaged using the current score and two previous scores (or a minimum of 180
rounds). When a shooter is re-classified he is notified and has a new card issued immediately.
(a) The safety of competitors, range personnel and spectators requires continuous
attention by all and the careful handling of firearms is a must.
(b) No person will ever go in front of the firing line until all cylinders are open, and the line has been cleared
by a designated Range Officer.
(c) NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR INTOXICATED PERSONNEL/SHOOTERS WILL BE PERMITTED
ON ANY FIRING LINE AT ANY TIME. It is the duty of the range personnel to see that this is strictly
(d) NEW SHOOTERS - Range Officers seeing that any person is not qualified for safety reasons shall
appoint an experienced shooter to assist that person while on the firing line throughout